Background
Background

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: This meeting will be a virtual meeting and therefore will not take place in a physical location.

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

SN 20/11

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Dave Banks and Pat Graham (Chief Executive).

 

SN 20/12

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made at this meeting.

 

SN 20/13

Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 July 2020.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 July 2020 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair as soon as practicable.

 

SN 20/14

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Draft Strategy 4 Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Minutes:

The Nuclear Sector Development Manager introduced the draft response to the NDA’s Strategy 4 consultation.

 

Members were advised that the NDA’s Strategy implements UK decommissioning and radioactive waste management policy.

The Board were also advised that Schedule 2 of the Energy Act 2004 requires the NDA to review their Strategy at least every five years and that the previous Strategy 3 was published in 2016 and will run to 2021.

Strategy 4 will run from 2021 to 2026, of which there are four ‘Driving Themes’

·        Site Decommissioning and Remediation

·        Spent Fuel Management

·        Nuclear Materials

·        Integrated Waste Management

These are supplemented by ‘Critical Enablers’

·        Asset Management

·        Cyber Security

·        Health, Safety, Sustainability, Environment and Wellbeing

·        Information Governance

·        People

·        Public and Stakeholder Engagement

·        Research, Development and Innovation

·        Security and Resilience

·        Socio-Economics

·        Supply Chain

·        Transport and Logistics

 

The Board were advised that public consultation launched on 17th August and would close on 8th November 2020.

Following consideration of the consultation responses, a final draft of Strategy 4 would be presented to the NDA Board for endorsement in January 2021 prior to Ministerial review and planned publication in March 2021.

 

A draft response, which included Members comments from a workshop held on 21st September 2020, was circulated to the Board before the meeting and a thorough discussion followed with comments and suggestions being made. 

 

 

 

 

During the discussion that followed;

 

Councillor Pollen asked about Nuclear Position Statements and suggested these needed to be agreed by full Council rather than the Executive and he agreed to discuss this constitutional issue outside of this meeting.

 

Councillor Morgan enquired if there was a list of ‘existing blockers’ as mentioned in point 2.8 of the draft response and was advised that a list would be provided to the Board members.

 

Councillor Moore commented that the work of the Stakeholder group would also be available to help with the response.

 

Councillor Wilson asked how often the Stakeholder Relation Manager and NDA attend this Board and was advised that the NDA attended approximately nine month ago and would attend more often, if invited.

 

Councillor Everett stated she supported Sellafield in leading de-carbonisation.

 

Councillor Morgan commented that he would like to see inclusion of the NDA to make Hydrogen co-generation part of their plans.

 

Councillor Wilson asked for clarity around the Safety and Environmental Detriment (SED) scores and was pleased this had been picked up by officers.

 

Councillor Pollen welcomed the comments in points 3.19 and 3.20 of the draft response relating to the Near Surface Disposal of Intermediate Level Wastes.

 

Councillor Morgan was pleased to see a comment in point 3.12 of the draft response regarding the reuse of waste from demolition activities for off-site purposes and asked if this could be made stronger.

 

The Board were disappointed that again, some questions had not been asked in the consultation and agreed that this should be mentioned, together with the answers that would have been provided.

 

With regard Transport and Logistics, Councillor Wilson stated that the transport infrastructure must  ...  view the full minutes text for item SN 20/14

SN 20/15

Exempt Information

The Chair to move:

That under Section 100 (a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a motion proposing that the remainder of the meeting be held in private.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – that the press and public be excluded for the remaining items of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

SN 20/16

Nuclear Projects update

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update regarding Nuclear projects.

 

RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.

 

SN 20/17

Planning Update update

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments at Sellafield Limited.

 

RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.

 

SN 20/18

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be a virtual meeting on a date to be determined by the Chair and Officers and notice will be given in the normal way.

 

 

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